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Dry Roasted Almonds Recipe

Tonight it all comes to an end. The end of an era.   The Mad Men series finale.   I, along with every other fan on the internet, have so many questions about how it will all end. And have been pouring over the many, many theories online …   Will Don Draper throw himself […]

On the Fence

board-batten-living-room (2 of 27)

  This is how my living room has looked for the past few months.   Okay, not exactly like this …   That look is unrealistically neat and organized for everyday life here at Paint.   Sure, there are green accents to celebrate Spring, like these polka dot pillow covers. And flowers from the grocery store adding […]

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

stuffed peppers recipe

  I can count on one hand the number of times bell peppers have crossed the threshold of our home over the past 20 years.   It was not my decision. Okay, perhaps a decision was made by me. But it was out of love.   You see, Mike is not a fan. And by […]

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Homemade Bath Salts Lavender Mint

  Homemade lavender & mint bath salts recipe can be found here: Mason Jar Crafts Love.   Happy Mother’s Day weekend!   Don’t you love how I took a day and turned into a weekend?   You’re welcome!   And with the strike a few keyboard keys, I’ve given you carte blanche to do whatever you want […]

Teen Girl Room: Sources

Teen Girl Bedroom Ideas: Gray, White & Aqua

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not a winger.   As in a winging things winger.   I’m a planner. A list maker. A researcher. A ponderer. A debater. A shop around to try and find it cheaper-er. I’ll spend hours thumbing through magazines and catalogs and Google image searches. Searching for just the […]

Mason Jar Mixed Drink Mixers

mason jar mixed drink mixers

Last weekend we were treated to a hard-earned taste of Spring. The skies were blue and the temperatures demanded shorts and flip flops and short-sleeved tops …   … along with leg shaving and toe nail painting. 😉   But the best part? Flinging the windows open wide and airing out the house.   Ahhhhh …   […]

Goodbye April …. and Hello May!

Home Decor Blog

Chalkboard Chicago Subway Art | Fabric Scrap Banner | Chick Easter Eggs | Rice Dyed Easter Eggs | Paint-A-Pillow   Sometimes I think each month in The Year of the Blog is competing with one another.   Nothing sordid or dirty. Nothing on the scale of a Presidential election.   It’s more of a good humored, […]

The Graduates


You know how people are always telling you to enjoy your kids when they’re little because before you know it they’ll be all grown up …   in the blink of an eye?   And you think, yeah, yeah. That won’t happen to me.   Because in the moment when you’re changing their diapers and […]

Growing Grass from Seeds & $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

how to grow grass from seeds

I’m all about the before and after.   I’m sucker for them.   And when I see something on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram with a claim about how you won’t believe what this person did with this or that …   or to this or that …   I hightail it over there as fast […]

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Mason Jar Craft Ideas

My to do tomorrow list has gotten out of control.   Which shouldn’t come as a big surprise. I’ve been working on it all week, after all.   Oh who am I kidding, I’ve been working on it for two weeks.   It started innocently enough. A to do today list was created at the […]

Chicago Subway Art with Chalk


Regrets.   I have a few. Some bad choices I made back in my youth. But I don’t let those regrets define me.   In fact, I’ve used those bad choices as learning experiences. Opportunities to make better choices moving forward.   And moving forward has turned out fabulously.   But there is one regret I […]

Fabric Scrap Banner

how to make a fabric banner using scraps

I dropped my laptop.   So not cool.   My laptop is my everything. It contains my life. My work. My family. My blog. My Etsy business …   and my pictures and picture editing software.   That last one really hurts.   Let’s just say I would be lost without my laptop. Crushed. That […]

Weight Watchers Recipe Ideas

Weight Watchers Recipe Ideas

Although I spent my Spring Break vacation with the kids firmly rooted here in Chicago, I somehow managed to indulge in food and drink as if I was living it up in some tropical locale. You could say I was eating and drinking my way through all those  Spring Break Facebook posts reminding me that […]

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And so it comes to an end …   Spring break, that is.   The daughter is ready for her Washington, D.C. trip next month. It only took two hours, but she now has a Illinois state ID in hand featuring a picture she despises. Something about her head being shaped like a potato and […]

Spring Break

painted mason jar with flowers

{Click here for the full tutorial on how to make these mason jars}   Dear Facebook Friends,   You’re killing me.   One happy Spring Break vacation post at a time.   There you are in a tank top and shorts smiling wide with one arm flung around your “girl” and the other toasting (or […]